Another Letter From the Head of Legal Services

Below is the latest unapologetic letter I received from Herefordshire Council’s Head of Legal Services.

Herefordshire Council Francis Fernandes 20-09-2022-redacted


Regarding Mr Fernandes’ statement, ‘I am new to the Council and have limited personal knowledge of past issues affecting you’, which conflicts somewhat with his previous letter to me.
Further, it’s also not my ‘perspective’ of the ‘actions of the council or individual officers’, but one of experience and their contempt of court which destroyed my family.  In doing so, Herefordshire Council as an organisation supporting neglectful and inadequate ‘care’ of my vulnerable adopted brother and deceitful social worker staff; one of whom I understand was promoted after assisting the provider to conceal.

His request to ‘draw a line under this matter.’ Herefordshire Council’s distressing campaign of harassment, intimidation, punishment and multiple propositions of legal action against me, since his colleagues willfully chose to conceal neglect and other recurring incidents and misled and deceive the Court of Protection. All while monitoring my personal life, social media and this site, before, during and after.

And as the current paid Head of Legal Services. I hold Mr Fernandes fully accountable for his, his colleagues and the local authorities’ actions and inactions.
While he desires to turn a blind eye, I do not draw a line under abuses and unlawfulness by the LA or his former and current colleagues but continue to keep record.

929 Days

Nine hundred & twenty-nine days since I last saw or had contact with my vulnerable adopted brother. And much longer since Herefordshire Council abandoned support after they chose to lie to the Court of Protection.
He still doesn’t know our mother passed away in March 2020, thanks to Herefordshire Council and The Priory Group denying him of coming home for her funeral service. Both organisations completely cutting him off from his family and family life.

Herefordshire Council Surveillance Update

It’s apparent from checking a little deeper that Herefordshire Council has been monitoring my social media communications & website since at least 2nd March 2017, using search engines to access and view this website, newspaper comments and social media.

They knowing & seeing audio/video & photographic evidence of neglect & incidents I reported raise questions. Including why did LA staff choose to conceal for themselves & The Priory Group, again? And why did the LA later choose to lie to the Court of Protection?
Herefordshire council continuing to monitor me, my social media and web presence. Issuing vexatious threats of legal action while doing so, which they declined to progress when I accepted their proposal.

It also indicates to me that individuals from the top-down, such as the former CEO Alistair Neill, directors & legal staff, were fully aware when they chose to impose their unreasonable behaviour policy on me for raising and exposing concerns & incidents with them, contrary to their comments.

Below is a log of Herefordshire Council visits to this site.
Their search requests via search engines and their visits to my social media linking to this site from LA remote VPN IP addresses. Their main local network access blocked.

This spreadsheet also indicates the data protection officer attempted to deceive me regarding a request for data concerning the LA staff’s monitoring & surveillance. They neglecting to provide such information when I requested it from them.

Hereford Council IP remote access combined2


Herefordshire Council Children’s Services Legal Assistant

Why was Claire Ward a legal assistant for children’s services at Herefordshire Council receiving post about me when I had no involvement with children’s services?

Claire Ward left the LA later, and after a High Court judge questioned whether children’s services at the council were fit for purpose. Ward acknowledged that the judgment had identified ‘incorrect legal advice’ being given to management.

high court judge questions whether children’s services at council are fit for purpose

Herefordshire Council Legal Action Response Letter

Below is the letter I received on 19th August 2022 after requesting many times that Herefordshire Council serve notice of their proposed legal action against me.

The letter from a second interim head of legal services is feeble and doesn’t provide detailed reason for the decision to now not take legal action against me after years of threats and proposals of such, other than the passage of time, it being ten months since their last vexatious threat and plan of legal action, which I accepted in writing, many times.
Nor does it provide any apology for their years of harassment and lies by LA staff, including to the Court of Protection, and psychological abuse, which resulted in my brother being lost to The Priory Group.

Herefordshire Council Letter legal action 17-08-2022_Redacted


I suspect it’s now for me to find a legal firm willing to take a case for me and my brother against Herefordshire Council for harassment, discrimination, lying to the courts previously and the significant harm it has caused.

Response From Herefordshire Council Regarding Legal Action

Below is the brief response I received from the current CEO of Herefordshire Council regarding their proposed legal action against me, which I accepted some weeks ago.
Their scant response and claim of ‘look into concerns’ ignoring my request to serve notice of their legal action, an avoidable delay causing further unwarranted stress.

Paul Walker Letter 29-08-022 re legal action reply_Redacted


below is a reminder of the letter to which Herefordhsire Council has responded to.



I lost my vulnerable brother to The Priory Group, family, and any future career and prospects I had because of years of Herefordshire Council staff choosing to lie, deceive and fabricate records, including those submitted to the Court of Protection. Concerningly I suspect they will carry on doing similar to others until too many come forward with similar experiences to tell of.


What Herefordshire Council Has Done Over The Years

While not a complete list, since I exposed neglect and ill-treatment of my vulnerable brother under the ‘care’ of Herefordshire Council they have to date:

      • Concealed neglect and incidents involving my brother
      • Misled & deceived the Court of Protection
      • Purposely slandered me
      • Attempted and failed to fabricate criminal offences against me under the Serious Crime Act & Computer Misuse Act
      • Denied my brother from attending our mother’s funeral
      • Denied my brother from attending the funeral of one of our foster brothers
      • Actively spied on my private life & social media without legal authority
      • Created false & erroneous records
      • Failed to return personal property
      • Submitted false records to the Court of Protection
      • Ignored my council tax appeal
      • Deceived councillors
      • Lied to colleagues & other organisations
      • Issued multiple vexatious letters of threats and proposals of legal action 
      • Denied my brother from visiting his mother and I
      • lied to me while repeatedly attempting to intimidate me
      • Imposed restrictions & blocks on communication
      • Refused to address recurring incidents involving my brother
      • Allowed a social worker to use the protected title before registration and lied about his role to the HCPC
      • Destroyed my family
      • Declared proposed legal action against me for defamation yet have ignored my request to serve notice, for over 300 days


    • Such done and supported to be through a succession of directors, social care & legal staff.

Update on Herefordshire Council Latest Proposed Legal Action

Herefordshire Council has not served notice of their proposed legal action against me by the deadline I requested; which was 299 days as of yesterday, 26th July 2022.
Nor have they had the courtesy to inform me why they haven’t; having asked for a response, and since writing to Paul Walker the current CEO.
Their many threats false & malicious harassment.